The foot condition known as gout has affected millions of people worldwide. It generally occurs in middle-aged people, and it may result from specific medications. Gout can occur from eating foods that contain high levels of purines, including shellfish, red meat, and drinks made with large amounts of sugar. The excess purines convert to uric acid and can cause crystals to form in the joints of the big toe. The pain from gout can be debilitating, and it is often difficult to walk. Effective prevention methods for gout include drinking plenty of water daily, eating healthy foods, and frequently engaging in a gentle exercise routine. A diagnosis can consist of extracting a small sample of the fluid from between the joints of the big toe, followed by receiving proper relief and treatment techniques. If you experience gout attacks, it is strongly advised that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can help you to manage this condition.
What Is Gout?
Gout is a form of arthritis that is characterized by sudden, severe attacks of pain, redness, and tenderness in the joints. The condition usually affects the joint at the base of the big toe. A gout attack can occur at any random time, such as the middle of the night while you are asleep.
Prior to visiting your podiatrist to receive treatment for gout, there are a few things you should do beforehand. If you have gout you should write down your symptoms–including when they started and how often you experience them, important medical information you may have, and any questions you may have. Writing down these three things will help your podiatrist in assessing your specific situation so that he or she may provide the best route of treatment for you.
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